Week 13 - Chargers 42 Jaguars 31

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    SteamboatReb Walk On

    Aug 20, 2011
    The Chargers went on the road to Jacksonville finding themselves is a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive. Three scoring plays of 98 yards or better in the first half allowed the Chargers to weather the Jags' initial scoring surge, and Ryan Mathews added three touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Chargers.

    MJD scored the Jags first TD on their first possession of the game, and after holding the Chargers to three and out, he scored again from 64 yards out. At the end of the first quarter, the score stood 14-0 Jacksonville. The Jags got the scoring going on the second quarter when a Philip Rivers interception was converted into yet another touchdown when Blaine Gabbert found Mike Thomas open for a 32 yard TD strike. With 6:50 to go in the first half, it appeared the Jags were on their way to an easy blowout win. However, the Chargers special teams would soon change the complexion of the contest.

    Todman returned the ensuing kickoff 103 yards for a TD. The Jags added a FG on their next possession, and Todman struck again in the next kickoff with a 104 yard return for his second TD of the game. On teh Jags next possession, Gabbert threw an interception on the Jags' 2 yard line. The Chargers got teh ball back with just 17 ticks remaining on the clock in the first half. On their first play, Rivers caught the Jags in a blitz and found Antonio Gates running down the seam uncovered. Gates took the pass and went all the way for a 98 yard touchdown score with just 10 seconds remaining in the half. The score stood Jags 24, Chargers 21 at the half.

    The Chargers received the second half kickoff but were soon forced into a punt. The Jags were unable to do anything with the ball for most of the third quarter, turning the ball over twice. Finally, the Jags broke through and Mike Thomas added a 10 yard TD catch to his stats for the day. At the end of three, the Jags had a comfortable 31-21 lead.

    The fourth quarter was dominated by the Chargers' defense and Ryan Mathews. The Chargers capitalized on three Blaine Gabbert interceptions in the form of three rushing TDs by Ryan Mathews. Up until the fourth quarter, the Chargers running game has been anemic at best. However, the Chargers were able to dig deep when they had to, and at the final whistle, the Chargers found themselves victorious by a score of 42-31.

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